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Gamma Doradids Meteor Shower

When and where does the Gamma Doradids Meteor Shower Occur

The Gamma Doradids  meteor shower takes place within the boundaries constellation of Dorado. The meteor shower occurs between 27 Aug- 3 Sep with the peak occurring on the 28-Aug every year.

The Solar Longitude (Abbrev: S.L., λ ☉) is 155.7 degrees, this value is the the date of maximum activity. It is measured as a degree with zero degree indicating spring equinox (roughly March 21st/22nd). 90 is the Summer Solstice, 180 is the Autumn Equinox and 270 is the Winter Solstice. This degree is independent of the calender. AMS .

The coordinates can also be determined by the Right Ascension (61.2) and the Declination (-50.2).

Zenith Hourly Rate

The Zenith Hourly Rate or how many you expect to see during the hour is 5. The ZHR can radically increase if the comet or associated object is close by. The speed/velocity of the Meteor Shower particles is 40 km/s.

How to see the Gamma Doradids

Northern Hemisphere

You will have to be as close to the equator to be able to see the Gamma Doradids in the northern hemisphere. If you are in Miami, the best time to see the area where the radiant point is likely to be is between 4 a.m. in a South to South East direction when the star appears and 6 a.m. when the Sun appears.

Southern Hemisphere

You will have much better luck to see the Gamma Doradids than the northern hemisphere. The namesake star can be seen from about 9 p.m. which over the course of the night will rise higher into the night sky. To see the star as it appear, look between South-East and East direction.

Recent and Forthcoming Meteor Showers :-

Gamma Doradids Meteor Shower Facts

Closest Star to Radiant PointGamma Doradus
Peak Activity Date28-Aug
Activity Period27 Aug- 3 Sep
Right Ascension61.2
Solar Longitude / λ ☉155.7 °
Zenith Hourly Rate5
Semi-Major Axis-28.8400

Location of the Radiant Point for the Gamma Doradids Meteor Shower

Map showing the location of where the Gamma Doradids radiate from within Dorado

The image showing the location of Gamma Doradids was generated using the free application Night Vision.

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